Wireless broadband is a critical piece of America’s innovation economy and as important to our nation’s future as the buildout of our energy grid and landline phones. Connecting America with high-speed data connections is a key policy goal, articulated by both President Obama and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. PCIA is working to ensure that policy-makers have an understanding how the essential role wireless infrastructure plays achieving wireless broadband connectivity for all Americans.
Released in October 2014, the FCC’s Acceleration of Broadband Deployment Report & Order: (1) updated and tailored how the FCC evaluates the impact of smaller communications deployments on the environment and historic properties, (2) adopted rules to clarify and implement statutory limitations on state and local government authority to review infrastructure siting applications under Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, (3) clarified provisions of Section 332(c)(7) of the Telecommunications Act, and (4) adopted an exemption from the environmental public notification process for “temporary towers” that are in place for short periods of time.
In December 2015, the FCC’s Order was unanimously affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Montgomery County, Maryland v. FCC.